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Pierre J. (Pete) LarameePierre J. "Pete" Laramee served as the mayor of Willimantic in 1937 and from 1940 - 1941. He also served as the first person of French Canadian descent to represent Willimantic in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1917-1918, and 1923-1924 and as a Connecticut State Senator from 1937 to 1942. He was the owner of "The Laramee Company", a thriving meat market on North Street and was a partner in the "Al-Pierre Dance Hall" on Valley Street.

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Hormisdas DionMr. Dion was very involved in community affairs and was, at different times, the city assessor, member of the school board, councilman-at-large and alderman. His final civic office was that of Mayor of Willimantic. He became the city’s eighth mayor in December, 1923 but his term was cut short by a fatal heart attack on April 28, 1924.
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Margaret C. HurleyMargaret Hurley was the wife of Willimantic Mayor James Hurley. She was elected as Representative of Windham to the State Legislature in Nov., 1934. A graduate of the Normal School, she was a schoolteacher and a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.
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Alexis Caisse, Sr.Alexis J. Caisse,Sr. was in business as a building contractor and was active in Willimantic's social and political life, especially in French-Canadian organizations. He served as an Alderman of the second ward and then as Alderman-at-large. He was the father of longtime Streets Superintendent Alexis J. Caisse, Jr.
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Archille VegiardHis name is actually misspelled on the card - it is Archille J. Vegiard. He was an Alderman from the Fourth Ward. For many years, he ran the Brick and Sullivan Shoe Store and he was a director of the Willimantic Savings and Loan Assn. He died in 1972.
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Police Chief Grant Bombria and Captain Frederick LaramiePolice Chief Grant Bombria is sitting in his office at the Police Station which was then in the Town Hall. Bombria became Chief in 1940 after the retirement of Chief Thomas Grady. When Bombria retired in 1952, he had been on the force for thirty-five years. He was followed as Chief by the man standing on the right, Captain Frederick R. Laramie. Pic of the Week October 31, 2013
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Lucius BigelowLucius Bigelow was a tin peddler from Simsbury who made the rounds of the city on a regular basis. Peddlers, especially tin peddlers, often incurred the distaste of local businesses because peddlers paid no taxes. Pic of the Week December 12, 2013
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James SullivanBetter known as "Jim". Jim's Coffee Spot on Main St. was a popular place throughout the 50s and 60s.
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Pierre J. Laramee and Harry S. GaucherWillimantic mayor Pierre J. Laramee (left) and City Corporation Counsel Harry S. Gaucher were preparing for a baseball game during the annual Elks outing. Laramee captained the Democrat’s team and Gaucher, the Republican team. At the end of the game, both Laramee and Gaucher claimed victory. After a great deal of good natured yet party oriented bantering, it was still unclear as to who won the game!
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The Rosen Family.Pic of the Week - April 4, 2013. This picture was taken around 1915 on the corner of Mayo and Lafayette Streets. Frank and Bertha Rosen are the couple in the center of the picture. Their children (left to right) are Morris, Adele, Alice, Molly, Anna and Haskel . Among the Rosen’s business interests were the Windham Super Service Gas Station, an auto parts store and Eastern Live Poultry. Visit our Forum to read more information from a family member who saw the picture in the Chronicle. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Oscar O. TannerHe operated a saloon and bottling works out of his building at the corner of North Street (originally called Tanner’s Lane) and Main Street. Tanner served two terms as Mayor, in 1898-199 and again in 1904-1905. Tanner was a great sportsman and managed the city’s professional baseball team, the Colts. A friend of world champion boxer John L. Sullivan, Tanner also sponsored many boxing matches in the city.
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Paul Pinkiewicz, aka "Pinkie" of the Windham Police; picture taken in 1959 on Jackson Street, Willimantic. Notice the old "Windham Police" cruiser. (photo courtesy of Steve Marrotte)
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President Roosevelt visits Willimantic
We came across this picture of President Roosevelt's August, 1902 speech in Willimantic and wanted to post it for our viewers
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President Roosevelt visits Willimantic (2)
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President Roosevelt visits Willimantic (3)
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Governor Cross - 1934 outing at "The Oaks" in North WindhamIn the 1930’s, Windham County Democrats held semi-annual “outings” to present the upcoming "ticket". Upwards of 500 people would attend these outings. During his terms as Governor, Wilbur Cross was a regular visitor. Governor Wilbur Cross (wearing coat and tie) is speaking. To Gov. Cross’ right, in light colored pants and shirt and wearing a bowtie, is Mr. Timmins. To Mr. Timmins right is Congressman Maloney. The second man from Maloney's right is (we THINK) State Representative William M. Citron who was to go on the be elected as a Representative to the U.S. 74th and 75th Congress.
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